The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Historical
Pages: 385
Release Date: June 2017
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Reclusive Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant to write her story, no one is more astounded than Monique herself.
Determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career, Monique listens in fascination. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s – and, of course, the seven husbands along the way – Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. But as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

WOW! I had no idea what to expect with this book, all I knew was that it’s all everybody has been/still is talking about within the bookstagram/booktube community. I was a bit hesitant about reading this as I wasn’t sure if it was actually going to live up to all the hype, but it bloody did!

I’m not sure what drew me to this book as it isn’t something I would usually reach for, but I found myself unable to put it down. You can’t help but be fascinated by the story of Evelyn Hugo. She was such a complex, yet captivating character, who had lived such an interesting life, from start to finish. From her Cuban heritage to her Hollywood breakthrough, to her sexuality to her infamous seven husbands, you couldn’t help but be intrigued and in awe of her. Even when you wanted to hate her, you couldn’t help but love her. Evelyn Hugo is easily one of the best, most well written characters I’ve ever read about. I just loved her energy, she was confident and knew exactly what she wanted and wasn’t going to stop until she got it. She really was a bad b!

‘Oh, I know the whole world prefers a woman who doesn’t know her power, but I’m sick of all that. I turned heads.’pg.35

I liked the role that Monique, the magazine reporter, played in the book. The story was told from the perspective of both Monique and Evelyn; we get to read about Monique’s present life throughout the story alongside Evelyn’s past. I really enjoyed how both of their lives are intertwined in such unexpected ways and I liked how the story showed the impact and influence Evelyn had on Monique when dealing with things in her personal life #ChannellingHerInnerEvelyn.

I enjoyed reading about all of the characters. We are introduced to a lot of secondary/external characters throughout the story and I thought they were all very well written and even though there were a lot of them, they were all well developed and no two characters felt the same. I also loved how diverse the characters in this story were. Evelyn is of Cuban heritage. Monique, our main character, is a mixed race woman and Monique’s boss/head of the company is a black woman named Frankie. Although Frankie wasn’t a main character, I still appreciated the positive representation of a black woman in power within literature. #blackgirlmagic

Overall, I really loved this book. It is a great story with great, diverse characters and I couldn’t recommend it enough. I highly recommend that you read it, if you haven’t already (lool I know I’m late to jump on this bandwagon).

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